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BHA CHANGES SHOEING RULES FOR UK FLAT RACES ON TURF

The British Horseracing Authority has changed its rules relating to the shoeing of racehorses as of 2 April 2016. The new Rule requires horses racing in Flat races on turf to be shod all round, unless permission has been obtained otherwise prior to final declarations.

Previously, no such Rule existed and horses routinely ran without hind shoes and in occasional cases without any shoes at all.

The Rule applies only to Flat races on turf. Curiously, it explicitly excludes National Hunt Flat races conducted on turf.

The full revised Rule reads as follows:

Shoes

7.1 The following types of shoes are prohibited:

 
7.1.1 Shoes which have protrusions on the ground surface other than calkins or studs on the hind, limited to 3/8" in height,
7.1.2 American type toe-grab plates, and
7.1.3 Shoes with a sharp flange.

7.2 Horses running in Flat races conducted on turf must enter the Parade Ring fully shod, except with the permission of the Authority. Permission under this Paragraph 7.2 must be obtained prior to the time fixed for making declarations to run under Rule (F)89.

 

 
7.2.1 National Hunt Flat Races conducted on turf are excluded from the provisions of Paragraph 7.2.

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